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National Safe Boating Week will be held from May 20-26, 2023, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season.  This is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible.

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Boating Safety image with life vest.     Boating Safety image with water and boat. 


With the arrival of Spring, severe weather can happen at a moment’s notice.  Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather.  They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur.  Wind, rain, hail, tornadoes, and other elements can cause extensive damage to your home and property, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for what Mother Nature throws your way.  Learn more here. 

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Register to attend a Citizen Preparedness Corps training near you and learn how to prepare for any type of disaster or emergency, respond accordingly and recover. Learn more at: The next training session offered in Tompkins County will take place Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00pm at the Varna Community Center, 943 Dryden Road.

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more. The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.